Jessica M. Karmasek Mar. 28, 2014, 7:45pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Key stakeholders from both sides of the patent reform debate will take part in a discussion on the House's Innovation Act next week.

Patent holders, inventors, business executives and Congressional leaders will join the talk, set for Tuesday at Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C.

The Innovation Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., was approved by the House in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 325-91 in December and has since been sent to the Senate, where lawmakers are carefully considering it.

Tuesday's discussion will feature:

- John Boswell, senior vice president and chief legal officer, SAS;

- Louis Foreman, chief executive, Edison Nation;

- Daniel Girdwood, director and senior counsel, Samsung Electronics America,Inc.;

- David Kappos, partner, Cravath Swain & Moore LLP; former director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;

- Michelle Lee, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property; deputy director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;

- Congressman Thomas Massie, U.S. House of Representatives;

- Paul Michel, former chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit;

- Maureen Ohlhausen, commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; and

- John Vaughn, executive vice president, Association of American Universities.

The program starts at 8:15 a.m.

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